Former New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with first degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd who was found shot about a half-mile from Hernandez’s North Attleborough, Massachusetts home.
Hernandez showed no emotion as prosecutors laid out the account of what allegedly happened the night Lloyd was murdered, citing what they say is surveillance camera footage, text messages, and witnesses who were working the overnight shift who heard gunshots as evidence. He wiped tears from his face at the very end of the arraignment.
After getting into the car, Lloyd allegedly sent a text to a family member, asking, “Did you see who I am with,” prosecutors said. He then texted that it was Hernandez and followed it up with, “Just so you know” in another text message, they alleged during the arraignment.
Later that morning, between 3:23 a.m. and 3:27 a.m., employees who were working the overnight shift at the industrial park where Lloyd’s body would later be found reported hearing gunshots, authorities said. It’s not clear who investigators believe fired the shots.
Hernandez pled not guilty. The judge ordered he be held without bail.
Hernandez is facing five additional gun charges, including; possessing a firearm without a license, possessing a large capacity firearm and a firearm without an ID card.
Hernandez was arrested early Wednesday morning from his home, wearing a white t-shirt and baggy red athletic shorts, police led the 23-year old out in handcuffs, where he was quickly taken to a police vehicle.
No more than two hours after the arrest, the Patriots posted on Twitter that they had released Hernandez.